Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish fought back tears when she found out that she’d won a Grammy — right in the middle of a taping for her CBS show, "Kids Say the Darndest Things."
Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish fought back tears when she found out that she’d won a Grammy — right in the middle of a taping for her CBS show, "Kids Say the Darndest Things."
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Twelve top European soccer clubs have agreed to establish the "Super League," a new elite competition that has left soccer fans angry and confused about the future of the world's most popular sport.
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NEW YORK — Baseball fans are streaming games in record numbers through the first three weeks of the season. Major League Baseball said Monday that the first 18 days of the season have been the most watched in the 20-year history of the MLB.TV streaming package. Fans have watched more than 1.34 billion minutes of live games on the platform, which is a 12% increase when compared to the first 18 days of last season and 43% growth compared to the same period two years ago. Out-of-market streaming is up 22% compared to last season and 35% from two years ago. The seven most-watched days recorded on MLB.TV have come this season. Opening day on April 1 set the single-day record as users watched 121 million minutes of live games — up 26% from the previous high. MLB Network also announced live games are up 12% compared to the first 15 days of last season. Since opening day, the MLB app and MLB Ballpark app have been the first- and second-most downloaded sports apps on phones based on combined rankings on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. MLB said 60% of all ticket scans have come from its Ballpark app, which is three times higher than two years ago. MLB and team accounts have a 19% increase in followers and a 16% increase in social engagements compared to the first two weeks of last season. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
MONTREUX, Switzerland — The plan for a Super League is shaping up as perhaps the most polarizing idea in European soccer in more than a generation. The project announced early Monday by 12 breakaway clubs would make winners and losers worldwide if it overcomes widespread resistance and kicks off as soon as August. Here's a look at some of the things at stake: WHO BENEFITS FROM A SUPER LEAGUE? CLUB OWNERS: The few people driving the 20-team competition plan hope to see the value of team equity and shares soar. Share prices in Juventus and Manchester United rose more than 10% Monday. Most owners are already billionaires — investors and hedge funds from the United States, an oligarch from Russia, construction and retail magnates from Spain and China, royalty from Abu Dhabi, a tax-exiled currency trader from England. The 12 rebel clubs already have the highest revenues in world soccer, earning hundreds of millions of dollars from playing in domestic leagues and selling sponsorships globally. Most top up income with around 100 million euros ($120 million) each season from UEFA in Champions League prize money. The founding clubs aim to at least triple their Champions League income from the Super League without the risk of failing to qualify. The new competition underwritten by financiers at JP Morgan should offset the risk of losing domestic income. Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit soccer revenues, some elite clubs ran up debts of hundreds of millions. Risk is not good for their current operations. The owners' status could also soar. Instead of having a seat at UEFA’s decision-making tables, they will run their own show with equal shares in a new Super League Company. TOP PLAYER SALARIES: More club income should mean salary raises for players — and a cut for their agents, inevitably. The Super League shapes to create a two-tier salary structure in European soccer separating the clubs in and those left behind. The trend was accelerated by megadeals such as those that brought Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. These deals helped create a market for wages and transfers only a few clubs can trade in. When a few clubs collect the best players, it is even harder for other teams to close the gap on and off the field. FANS OUTSIDE EUROPE: Research by the rebel clubs shows there are potentially hundreds of millions of new followers are in Asia and North America. Many follow more than one high-profile team, want to see them play each other more often, and maybe identify as supporters of individual star players instead of a club. This is heresy to home-based fans who typically support their local team they grew up going to watch with family and friends. The Super League project is smitten with attracting fans - and their money - further afield. NEW BROADCASTERS: A new competition would create a new market to sell games featuring the world’s best players. It could interest Big Tech firms with ideas about how to distribute content — and not just live games in full — to new fans with different viewing habits. Super League clubs will have ideas about packaging and monetizing digital content they would now have more control over. WHO LOSES FROM A SUPER LEAGUE? UEFA: The Champions League organizer would lose status and most of the clubs with the widest worldwide appeal to fans, broadcasters and sponsors. The European soccer body already sold most of around $14 billion in expected commercial revenue for the next three years of its club competitions through 2024. That was on the promise of the best clubs and players taking part. Playing hardball with the 12 clubs, as UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin did Monday, also opens the door to unpredictable legal battles. It could start with weighing whether to kick out five Super League clubs from the Champions League and Europa League semifinals that open next week. OTHER LEAGUES, TEAMS AND PLAYERS: The Super League damages ambitions on the field and financial prospects off it for thousands of players, hundreds of clubs and dozens of leagues across Europe. Domestic games risk losing attention and appeal if the Super League cuts itself off — or is cut off by UEFA and other soccer bodies — from the game's pyramid structure. Even if the Super League teams stay in domestic competitions, they would likely field weaker lineups. Players could could lose the chance to test themselves and improve against the best opponents. FANS IN EUROPE: They are known to the rebel 12 as “legacy fans,” who they seem to be taking for granted. These are home-based fans who typically care for tradition and resist change. Some would lose domestic rivalries. All would face more expensive away trips involving a flight and hotel instead of by road or rail. The backlash since Sunday against the Super League from fans, former players and, in Britain, by Prince William and Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggests the clubs also have a big part of their reputations to lose. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BROADCASTERS: Dozens of channels have bought and planned for three seasons of the highest quality club competition in world soccer. UEFA said Monday it will keep going ahead with the Champions League “with our without” the 12. That would be leave broadcasters paying a top-tier price for games lacking the best players subscribers and advertisers prefer to see. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The NHL has suspended Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler two games for kneeing Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman. The collision happened 10 minutes into the second period of Vancouver's 3-2 overtime win Sunday when Edler took out Hyman right in front of the Leafs bench. The left-winger dropped hard to the ice and stayed down for several minutes before the play ended and a trainer came to his aid. Hyman went directly to the locker room and did not return to the game. The Canucks were playing their fist game since March 24 after being sidelined by a COVID-19 outbreak. Edler will forfeit US$103,448 under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association. He will be eligible to return when Vancouver hosts Ottawa on Saturday. The Canucks and Maple Leafs meet again Tuesday night in Vancouver. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 19, 2021. The Canadian Press
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With groups of players from 20 NFL teams saying they will skip in-person attendance, voluntary off-season programs began Monday across the league. Through the NFL Players Association, players from the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, 49ers, Rams, Seahawks, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots, Chargers, Raiders, Broncos, Falcons, Saints, Steelers, Browns, Ravens, Giants, Eagles, Vikings, Bears and Lions posted statements that they would not be on hand at team facilities for voluntary work. Those statements did not cover every player from those clubs. On Monday, for example, some players reported to the Cowboys, Patriots, Raiders and Panthers facilities. “We’d like to hope that we create a great environment for them,” said Cowboys executive vice-president of personnel Stephen Jones. "But at the end of the day, this is not a mandatory time of the year for our players. And historically, it’s never been mandatory and historically, though, we still have a large number of players who chose to work out here. “We have a lot of guys down here, looks like to me. I’m overlooking the field and a lot of guys are out here working out. Just want to provide them a great opportunity here to get better. Every player, every team’s different. "It’s interesting because we all know OTAs are voluntary. That’s strictly up to the players. They certainly have the right to make those decisions. I’m sure our players have talked at length about it.” Meanwhile, the league and players' union continue talks about adjustments to the off-season. Last week, the NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams saying the first four weeks of the voluntary program will be virtual. The plan is to then transition to in-person work at team facilities — something Browns centre JC Tretter, the union president, has said is unnecessary. Last year, the off-season programs were all done virtually and training camp was pushed back because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, organized team activities can begin May 24 for 10 sessions, and minicamps, which are mandatory, can be held until June 18. Whether players show for any of those workouts is uncertain. Tretter, who spoke with Browns management about the players' viewpoint, has been adamant that the 2020 approach should be continued. “The good news for our sport is that while the NFL season looked and felt noticeably different from previous years,” he wrote last month on the NFLPA website, “we learned that the game of football did not suffer at the expense of protecting its players more than ever before. "Our process is to follow the science on what is safest for our guys, and many of the changes this past year — like no in-person off-season workouts/practices, the extended acclimation period before training camp and no preseason games — gave us a year of data that demonstrates maintaining some of these changes long term is in the best interest of the game.” Gil Brandt — a longtime NFL executive, Pro Football Hall of Fame member and current league draft analyst — is a “great believer” in the in-person off-season sessions. “It’s where players improve," Brandt said Monday during a SiriusXM conference call. "And you know, we had a bunch of players on our team that were changing positions; Pat Donovan is an example. Four-time Pro Bowler, small school (Fort Valley State). Herbert Scott, small school (Virginia Union). And I think if it weren’t for the off-season program, I don’t think they would have achieved the stardom that they did and helping win football games like they did if it wasn’t for that tuneup. “But I think that the new president of the players association, Tretter, with his Cornell background, I think he’s a thinker, and he’s always thinking of ways to make it easier for the players yet not hurt their overall performance.” ___ AP Pro Football Writers Schuyler Dixon, Josh Dubow, Arnie Stapleton and Barry Wilner, and Sports Writers Steve Reed and Tom Withers contributed. ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL The Associated Press
A banner hung on the railings outside Anfield bearing a pointed message to Liverpool’s American ownership: “Shame on you. RIP LFC 1892-2021.” Liverpool’s players arrived for an English Premier League match at Leeds United’s Elland Road a few hours later, to the backdrop of jeers and abusive chants by fans gathered outside the stadium. Even Leeds’ players had a message for Liverpool on the field. They warmed up with the words “Earn it” on the front of their T-shirts and “Football is for the fans” on the back. Anger and rising discontent swept through the European game on Monday following the announcement that Liverpool and 11 more of the world’s biggest soccer clubs formed a breakaway group to establish a controversial Super League, a closed competition that would effectively replace the Champions League. Some of the fiercest reaction to the proposals came from fans of the breakaway clubs themselves. “We feel we can no longer give our support to a club which puts financial greed above integrity of the game,” said Spion Kop 1906, a Liverpool fans’ group which organizes the flags and banners on the famous Kop stand inside Anfield. The group has asked Liverpool to take down the displays for the team’s next home game, against Newcastle on Saturday. The owners of “the dirty dozen” — as some are calling the rebel clubs — are staying quiet as soccer reels from their behind-the-scenes pact. Their only mouthpieces are the teams’ coaches, who must speak to the media before and after matches. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looked uncomfortable as he was asked what he thought of a Super League project he openly condemned back in 2019. “My opinion didn’t change,” Klopp told British broadcaster Sky Sports, suggesting he remained against the formation of a Super League and therefore openly opposing the scheming of Liverpool's ownership, Fenway Sports Group. “I obviously have no issue with the Champions League," he said. "I like the competitive fact of football.” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was more guarded, saying he trusted his club’s board to make the right decisions even though he admitted to not being briefed about any plans for a breakaway. “We are employees of the club, I think it’s best if we don’t get involved in sports politics in this situation,” Tuchel said in a video call on Monday. “It’s above our heads, clearly.” Another of the breakaway clubs’ coaches, Atlético Madrid’s Diego Simeone, said he would be “prepared to coach wherever they tell me to coach.” “I have no doubt that the club will decide what is best,” he said late Sunday after Atlético’s 5-0 win over Eibar. Many others aren’t so sure, with reaction to the proposals ranging from humour and sarcasm to outright condemnation and fury. BETRAYAL The general tone of the reaction was downright disgust. “Yesterday, the current board of (Tottenham) betrayed the club, its history and the magic that makes this game so special when they put their name to a statement announcing the formation of a breakaway European Super League,” the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust said in a statement. The group said Tottenham’s board was “prepared to risk the club’s reputation and its future in the opportunistic pursuit of greed” and called for a change of ownership if Tottenham did not immediately disassociate itself from the breakaway league. Gary Neville, the former Manchester United defender who is now a commentator and owner of fourth-division English club Salford, described those running the breakaway clubs as “imposters” and called for the Premier League to punish the six English clubs involved with point deductions. “They’re breaking away to a competition they can’t be relegated from? It’s an absolute disgrace,” Neville said in an impassioned rant on Sky Sports. “We have to wrestle back power in this country from the clubs at the top of this league — and that includes my club,” he said, referencing American-owned United. FRENCH DISMAY Former Man United midfielder Ander Herrera is one of the few current players to speak out against the proposal. Herrera plays for Paris Saint-Germain, the French champion which is so far refusing to take part in the Super League alongside big clubs in Germany like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. “I believe in an improved Champions League,” Herrera told his 2.7 million followers on Twitter, “but not in the rich stealing what the people created, which is nothing other than the most beautiful sport on the planet.” French clubs got a pat on the back from the country’s president, Emmanuel Macron, whose office said the proposed league “threatens the principal of solidarity and sporting merit.” The French government’s sports minister, Roxana Maracineanu, criticized the proposed breakaway as “a VIP club to conquer the world, but a world conquest based only on marketing and sales, not sport.” Humour The plan to rip up European soccer is being fronted by mostly foreign-owned clubs but one team with North American leadership was happy to announce its intention to keep the status quo. “Despite the club’s two 4-0 victories this week, we can confirm that we will not be seeking membership to the newly uncovered ‘European Super League,’” read a post on Twitter from Welsh club Wrexham, which plays in England’s fifth division and was recently taken over by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. “The club,” it continued dryly, “will be making no further comment.” Russian club Spartak Moscow turned directly to any fans from the 12 breakaway clubs who might be disgruntled by the developments. “If you need a new club to support, we’re always here for you,” Spartak said. “Kind regards, FC Spartak Moscow.” REVISED STANDINGS In Spain, Real Betis published its own updated version of the league standings on the home page of its website, removing the three teams who have signed up to join the Super League: The current top three of Atlético, Real Madrid and Barcelona. That left Betis in third place in the club’s revised standings and its big local rival, Sevilla, in first. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Steve Douglas, The Associated Press